THE ROMANCE READERS' BOOK CLUB by Julie Cannon
Available now in trade paperback original for $13.
A southern tale of a teenage girl who opens a Pandora’s box of passion and guilt Bored with her sheltered life on the family farm in Rigby, Georgia, fifteen-year-old Tammi Lynn Elco senses things can change when she acquires a stack of forbidden romance novels. Eluding the watchful eye of her Granny Elco, Tammi forms a secret book club with two girlfriends and her eccentric Aunt Minna, reading about weak-in-the- knees passion and sharing their own stories of love and heartache.
When Rigby is seized in an economically damaging drought, local preachers are quick to proclaim sin as the reason for the devastation, forcing Tammi and her fellow book club members to come to terms with the emotions they’re feeling and the strict expectations of the community surrounding them. Julie L. Cannon, author of Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes, has written a heartfelt coming-of-age tale with true southern flair.
"Julie Cannon's South is a destination readers will want to visit again and again-a place where radio preachers wage war against the sins of the flesh, where family roots sink deep into the red clay of Georgia, and where Tammi Lynn Elco, the 15-year-old heroine of The Romance Readers' Book Club, experiences the first pangs of lust, friendship and unrequited love. This is a coming-of-age story to cherish." Mary Kay Andrews, author of Savannah Breeze
"Like the perfect Southern recipe, Julie Cannon has mixed the ingredients for a delicious novel filled with love, grace, wit, and a splash of Guilt.” Patti Callahan Henry, author of Between the Tides.”
“The Romance Readers’ Book Club is a true Southern treasure. I dare you to read this wonderful work without laughing, crying or marveling over the lyrical prose.” Karin Gillespie, author of Dollar Daze